There are 6 ways to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul by bus, train, night train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus Metro Plus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul

$25 - $50

Cheapest option

Night train, bus  •  9 h 5 min

  1. Take the night train from Plovdiv to Çerkezköy Bosphor Express
  2. Take the bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari

$15 - $18

4 alternative options

Bus Matpu  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul

$20 - $29

Train  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Plovdiv to Svilengrad 493 / ...
  2. Take the train from Kapikule to Halkali 81721

$17 - $22

Drive  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Plovdiv to Istanbul 259.7 miles

$40 - $60

Train, fly  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Plovdiv to Iskarsko Shose
  2. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Istanbul (IST) SOF - IST

$72 - $207

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The cheapest way to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul is to night train and bus which costs $15 - $18 and takes 9 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 4 h 1 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Plovdiv and arriving at Istanbul. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

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The distance between Plovdiv and Istanbul is 371 km. The road distance is 415.5 km.

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The best way to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 45 min and costs $25 - $50.

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The bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul takes 6 h 45 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Plovdiv to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Plovdiv station.

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The best way to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul is to bus which takes 6 h 45 min and costs $25 - $50. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $16 - $22 and takes 8 h 40 min.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Plovdiv to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Map of how to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 232.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 45 min

What companies run services between Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

Metro Plus operates a bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul 4 times a day. Tickets cost $25 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Plovdiv to Istanbul via Svilengrad, Kapikule, and Halkali in around 8 h 40 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Plovdiv to Svilengrad
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Plovdiv to Çerkezköy
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $10
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Plovdiv to Iskarsko Shose
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
bdz.bg
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Schedules at
matpu.com
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr

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